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I have some subdomains I want to redirect to specific ports on the same server. Say I have 

I want to redirect to how do I do this with Apache 2.2? I have Apache 2.2 running on default port 80. I can't figure out the write configuration to get this to happen.

I also want to keep the in the URL of the client. I don't want anyone to realize it is actually being hosted on a different port, this part is very important.

I have already set up to resolve in DNS to, I want all the requests to preserve the subdomain in the address bar of the browser.

This is for an intranet development server that has a non-routable ip address so I am not so concerned about exploits and security that would compromise a publicly facing server.

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do you want to see your client that it is being redirected or do you want it to seem as if everything is running on port 80? – Marcel G Oct 28 '10 at 15:17
everything on port 80 – Jarrod Roberson Feb 17 '11 at 22:33

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Here is what I finally came up with after being set in the right direction by Miles Erickson. I wanted the address bar to reflect the original subdomain/domain of the request and not the redirected server and port, but he put me on the right path to Google up a solution using VirtualHost and I finally found a solution that included the use of mod_proxy.

<VirtualHost *:80>
    ProxyPreserveHost On

    # setup the proxy
    <Proxy *>
        Order allow,deny
        Allow from all
    ProxyPass / http://localhost:8888/
    ProxyPassReverse / http://localhost:8888/
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Looks like a great solution. – Skyhawk Oct 29 '10 at 20:46
Thanks - this also worked for me - after searching for a long time. – DominikAngerer Jan 8 at 22:03
For everyone who this answer didn't work for, keep in mind that you have to enable mods mod_proxy as well as proxy_http. – matewka Nov 20 at 19:47

Assuming that can be resolved to's IP, you could add the following to your httpd.conf:

NameVirtualHost *:80

<VirtualHost *:80>
    redirect /

Relevant Apache documentation:

  1. Guide to creating name-based virtual hosts
  2. Core, including VirtualHost and NameVirtualHost
  3. Redirect

Related question: Apache redirect based on hostname

(Note: the original version of this answer incorrectly suggested the use of RedirectMatch, which, as @ChrisS helpfully pointed out, cannot parse the domain portion of the URL.)

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see my self provided answer for what I actually used, which is this idea of VirtualHost with mod_proxy to preserve the original host instead of doing a redirect. This is an internal server so I am not concerned with security or exploits of mod_proxy. – Jarrod Roberson Oct 28 '10 at 15:38
Found numerous other suggestions but this ultimately worked for me on Windows Server 2008 R2/Apache 2.2.25. – HPWD Jul 12 at 20:07

Add in your main vhost configuration the following lines:

ProxyPreserveHost On
ProxyPass /
ProxyPassReverse / http://example:8080/

Note that this requires mod_proxy on Apache.

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This is not a redirect; it proxies the connection. Enabling mod_proxy can be extremely easy to exploit if you aren't very careful configuring it. I would highly recommend against this. – Chris S Oct 28 '10 at 12:38
He doesn't want a redirect, as per his OP. He wants the original URL to remain in the address bar; this means using either mod_proxy or mod_rewrite, and y'all better avoid mod_rewrite. – adaptr Mar 1 '12 at 14:40

You're looking for mod_rewrite. Here's the link to Apache's documentation which includes many examples for basic and advanced configurations..

And if you're unable to interpret the documentation yourself, try adding this to httpd.conf:

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^dev\.example\.com$ [NC]        
RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [R=301]    

And if that's not a clear example, here's a link to a mod_rewrite beginners guide too.

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It isn't correct. mod_rewrite should only be used as a last resort, when nothing else will do. The redirect and proxy solutions given are far superior in this (and almost any other conceivable) case. – adaptr Mar 1 '12 at 14:38
@adaptr This does a redirect, I fail to see how any of the other redirects are "far superior". And suggesting that he setup a proxy when he clearly doesn't have a firm grasp of Apache/Security/Performance/etc, is that serious? – Chris S Mar 1 '12 at 15:28

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